Why Do Dachshunds Hate Rain? 5 Potential Reasons & Tips

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You can’t blame Dachshunds for hating the rain. It’s not always fun to walk in the rain, and their disdain isn’t unique to the breed. Understandably, many dogs would rather stay warm by the hearth. That’s saying nothing about getting their paws toweled off afterward, as many pups balk at that necessary evil, too.

Nevertheless, several reasons exist for Dachshunds hating the rain. Some are inevitable and probably challenging to remedy, but we have advice for dealing with those dogs and making the experience less stressful for everyone. Let’s begin with the situation from your pet’s perspective.

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The 5 Potential Reasons Dachshunds Hate Rain

1. It Feels and Smells Funny

Dogs like their routines and being in a state of comfort, but rain changes everything. The look and feel of the pavement are different, and it’s the same with the grass. The air also smells strange with its unique petrichor fragrance, which is often described as a pleasant, earthy aroma that diffuses through the air when the precipitation hits the dry ground.

You may like the smell, sound, or feel of the rain, but your Dachshund may have a different take. Remember that dogs live in a world of smells. It helps ground them when things seem familiar. Everything may seem different when it rains, particularly if you live in a dry climate that doesn’t get much rain. Some dogs could also associate the rain with loud and scary lightning and thunder, thus creating a negative response whenever there is precipitation.

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2. It’s Cold

Perhaps one reason you don’t like rain is because it’s cold. Think of a rainy day with temperatures hovering around 40℉. Brr! Now imagine what it feels like for your Dachshund with four bare feet in it. That may explain why the breed isn’t cold-tolerant despite their German origins. They traditionally hunt badgers, but those animals even go into an inactive torpor during the winter.

With all this in mind, it’s important to remember that, despite years of selective breeding for a specific purpose, Dachshunds are now more likely to be beloved canine companions sharing our homes than out in the field rooting around for pests.


3. The Pavement Is Slippery

Slippery pavements are undoubtedly a reason you may not like the rain in addition to your Doxie. One concern with this breed is its propensity to develop intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). An estimated 25% will come down with this condition. Another worry is back injuries because of their unique body shape. Slick surfaces are a risk factor, making rain problematic.

Your Dachshund may not like rain and its effects because it adds uncertainty to the mix. It may not be the precipitation your dog hates but because of what it causes. It’s a valid concern for you and your pup.

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4. Your Pup Has No Experience With Rain

The period between 3 and 14 weeks is a pivotal time for your pet. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) calls it the dog’s “sensitive period.” Introducing your pup to novel experiences and people during this time is critical to prevent fearfulness as an adult. That includes things like the sound of the vacuum cleaner and meeting individuals with long hair or beards.

Feeling rain on their feet and body is something else your dog should encounter. It may seem unnecessary to us, but think of it from your pup’s perspective. They lack the intelligence to figure out what the precipitation is or whether it’s safe. Canines have a strong survival instinct that may explain why your Dachshund reacts that way, but if they’re exposed to it from a young age and have a positive association with it, it could help them overcome their hesitation.


5. It’s Not Just Their Feet

The Doxie’s stature may have an unexpected effect when encountering rain. Their belly is closer to the ground than many dogs. It’s not just their feet getting wet—and cold! That can matter a lot to a short-haired dog. The experience may foster a negative association with the rain. That may reveal why your pooch refuses to go outside. That’s also problematic when it comes to housebreaking.

Dachshunds may refuse to go through puddles. The water may seem a lot deeper to them than other dogs. It’s one thing for your feet to get wet, but it’s another matter if the water is creeping close to your body, so your dog’s reaction is understandable.

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Tips for Dogs That Don’t Like the Rain

The trick to getting your Dachshund to go outside in the rain is to make it a positive experience. The wetness and cold are formidable to overcome. However, treats and praises are potent motivators for even the most stubborn pets. They can help make walks in the rain less stressful for everyone. We suggest saving a favorite treat for these times. Persistence and consistency are vital.

You can also get your Dachshund a coat and booties to keep your pet warm and dry. Of course, you may need to use the treats to convince your dog to wear them, but it’s a small price to pay. It’s worth mentioning that we recommend reserving them as training aids. Don’t dismiss the importance of praising your pup. This breed is eager to please when given motivation.

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Conclusion

Dachshunds have good reasons to dislike rain. It’s cold on their feet and bellies, especially if there are deep puddles. It’s especially scary to them when the water is relatively deep. However, it’s possible to teach your dog to let the rain roll off their backs. It involves being aware of your surroundings to keep walks outside safe. You can also outfit your dog so that they are more comfortable and less likely to get wet, such as with raincoats and booties.

Treats are the universal master key for unlocking any reluctance your dog has for going outside when the weather takes a turn. We suggest going slowly and easing your dog into accepting the situation. Your goal is to make a positive experience to crush any resistance, and your lavish praise can make it happen.


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Boglen Terrier Dog Breed: Info, Pictures, Care Guide & More

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The Boglen Terrier is a rare hybrid dog breed that crosses the Beagle with the Boston Terrier. The crossbreed is known to be playful and fun, loving and loyal, and somewhat stubborn, taking on a combination of traits from both parent breeds.

High energy levels and low tolerance of being left alone mean that Boglen Terriers tend to do best in large families, but, below, we look at the characteristics and traits of this breed to help determine whether it is the best choice for you and your circumstances.

Breed Overview

Height:

12–15 inches

Weight:

25–35 pounds

Lifespan:

10–13 years

Colors:

Brown, tan, black, white

Suitable for:

Active owners who are home a lot and can provide plenty of exercise

Temperament:

Loving, playful, energetic, lively, fun, stubborn

The Boglen Terrier is a cross between the Beagle and the Boston Terrier. They are sometimes also known as the Boston Beagle Terrier and may also be referred to as the Boggle, although that is also another name for the Boxer Beagle cross, so potential owners need to beware when buying or adopting.

This hybrid breed crosses two well-known, popular breeds, so while the Boglen itself doesn’t have much history, we do know plenty about the parents, which can give a good indication of what potential owners can expect from their future pets.

Boglen Terrier Puppies

The Boglen Terrier is a relatively uncommon hybrid breed. It hasn’t been intentionally bred for long, and it can be difficult to find the puppies from reputable breeders. Accidental breeding is possible, however, and some registered breeders of either parent breed might have litters of Boglen Terriers. They can also be found in some rescues and shelters. Because this is a crossbreed and not a pedigree, the puppies should be inexpensive to purchase, costing less than either parent breed.

If you do find a breeder, visit the site before agreeing to purchase. Check the general health of the puppies and the mother, while also determining the sociability of the puppy. It should be keen to meet you and may want to play as well as investigate the new person.

Adopting a Boglen Terrier from a shelter or rescue means that the dog you get will likely be chipped and potentially even neutered. It should have been vetted with other dogs and with people, too, although you have less idea of the dog’s history than when you buy from a breeder. Take your own dog with you to meet the Boglen, if possible, and take it out for a walk so you can get a good idea of how it acts and reacts when away from the kennel.

Boglen Terrier Dog Breed Origin & History

The Boglen Terrier doesn’t have much of a documented history, having only been intentionally bred starting in the 1990s or even in the 2000s. However, the cross may have been bred unintentionally before that date.

The mix was created to be healthier than the Boston Terrier, breeding out the brachycephalic facial features that can cause eye problems and breathing difficulties. Breeders also wanted to create a family dog that is friendly and loving but also playful and a bit silly. By most reports, they have been largely successful.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Boglen Terrier

The one word that best describes the hybrid is playful so while it is a small pup, it has a lot of energy. That energy will need an outlet, or owners might find themselves with a handful of bad habits.

The Boglen is somewhat prone to wanderlust, which means owners need a secure yard, but while it is a very energetic breed, it can live comfortably in an apartment thanks to its size and as long as it gets plenty of daily exercise in the form of walks and games.

The Beagle parent means the Boglen has a very strong scent drive and some stubbornness, and if they pick up on an intriguing scent, it can be difficult to achieve decent recall. Therefore, owners are advised to keep their dogs on leashes and should look for ways to exercise that sense of smell.

Early training will also help smooth off some of the stubborn edges, but the breed is heavily food motivated which should make it fairly easy to keep training sessions effective. Friendly with family, strangers, and even other dogs, the Boglen Terrier is a good all-round pet, with just the high energy needs and the somewhat stubborn nature to combat.

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Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Boglen Terrier is a lively, friendly dog. They will get along with all family members, especially those who are willing to throw a ball or find other ways to play with and exercise the pup. They also get on with strangers and don’t usually display an overly protective side, which means they are a good pet for families with children as they will get along with young friends.

The playfulness and high energy level of the dog means that it can be a handful even for the most playful of children, and early training should concentrate on teaching the dog what belongs to them and what belongs to the children. The “leave” command will be important.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Boglen Terrier is a cross between the Beagle, which is not only accustomed to living in packs but tends to do better when kept as one of multiple dogs in a household, and the Boston Terrier is also known for being introduced to other dogs.

Although the Beagle is a hunting breed, the Boglen will usually get along well with cats as well as dogs, although as is true with all dogs and all animal families, gradual and careful introductions are important because they will help ensure a better relationship between the animals. Try taking things too quickly, and it could upset one or the other animal and set introductions back.

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Things to Know When Owning a Boglen Terrier

The Boglen Terrier makes a good family pet, getting along with other pets and family members of all ages. Although it is quite a small dog, it is also quite robust which makes it suitable for children, but it isn’t necessarily the best pet for all potential owners.

Below, we look at some of the things you need to consider when looking at getting this hybrid breed.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

You should weigh your dog to help determine an appropriate feeding amount, and feed according to the weight you’re aiming for, rather than the weight your dog is. This is especially important when measuring food for puppies. The Boglen will grow to around 30 pounds in weight, and most puppy foods give feeding volumes according to the likely adult weight of the dog. For adults, roughly 2 cups of dry kibble per day will be about right.

If you feed canned food or any other type of food, like dehydrated frozen food, you will need to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to check you feed an appropriate amount.

The stubborn nature of the Boglen, especially when it comes to training, can be overcome with the use of treats because this is a very food-orientated breed. That’s good news for training but it also means you need to take greater care over feeding volume. If your dog responds to the use of kibble as a treat, you can weigh out the daily feeding volume and use a handful of biscuits during the day for training.

Otherwise, take into account the calories you feed as treats. This should never total more than 10% of your dog’s total daily calorie intake. You will need to adjust feeding levels accordingly.

The breed doesn’t really need any special diet, but if yours is especially active, you may need to feed a little extra or choose a food that is formulated for active dogs. Always ensure there is clean, fresh drinking water available for your dog.

Exercise 🐕

This is a small breed, but it is also a very lively and active breed. As such, you will need to provide 60 to 90 minutes of exercise a day. This can include regular walks, which are a good opportunity for socializing and training, as well as exercise. It can also involve more intense exercise, including playing in the garden with a ball, or participation in canine sports events.

The Boglen has an acute sense of smell, so consider signing up for scent work events to help provide physical and mental exercise.

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Training 🎾

The Boglen Terrier is a friendly and sociable breed that will normally get along with strangers as well as friends and family. However, you should start socializing any dog when it is still a puppy. This gets the dog used to dealing with new situations and meeting new people and dogs. Socializing can start at puppy classes, where it will meet other dogs and their owners in a controlled and safe environment.

It can continue on walks and even at other canine sports classes and events.

Puppy classes are also a good opportunity to start training when your dog is still young. These teach the basics of training, and they get your dog in the right frame of mind to start learning basic commands. They also show you how to train your dog, so you can take these skills home with you and keep up with the training efforts.

Grooming ✂

This hybrid typically has a short coat, but it is not considered hypoallergenic. The coat is easy to care for, however, and will generally only require brushing once or twice a week, possibly more often during shedding season. The breed is somewhat prone to dry skin, however, and this is something you will need to look out for, potentially using sensitive shampoo products like oatmeal shampoo, rather than chemical-based alternatives.

Other elements of dog grooming need attention. Nails will need trimming every 2 or 3 months otherwise they can cause discomfort and even pain, and they will be sharp if your Boglen jumps up to greet you. Teeth also need regular brushing, typically three times a week or even every day. Regularly check inside the dog’s ears for signs of infection and to ensure there is no buildup of dirt. Look for signs of injury and keep an eye out for fleas and ticks while you’re grooming.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Although the Boglen has been bred to be a healthier alternative to the Brachycephalic Boston Terrier, there are still some health problems that owners need to keep an eye out for.

Dry skin and skin allergies are more common in this breed than in some other breeds, while hip dysplasia can cause discomfort and may lead to arthritis. Conditions to look out for include those below.

Minor Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Cataracts
  • Ear Infections
  • Obesity
  • Skin conditions
Serious Conditions
  • Patellar Luxation

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Male vs Female

As with any dog breed, male Boglen Terriers will grow to be a little taller and heavier than females. The breed itself is prone to wandering, and a lot of owners report that male dogs are more prone to this than females.

Males tend to be more playful and lively while females are calmer. Males can be more demanding of their owner’s time, but this also means they are more likely to suffer separation anxiety.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Boglen Terrier

1. Beagles Are Born Hunters

Beagles were bred to hunt hares, rabbits, and other small game. They would typically hunt in packs, which is why they adapt well to living with other dogs, and even their ears are designed to help them sniff out their prey.


2. The Boston Terrier Is Known as the American Gentleman

The Boston Terrier actually hails from Southborough but its popularity in the city of Boston led to the name Boston Terrier. The breed has had a few nicknames including Roundhead, because of the shape of its head, and the American Gentleman because of its gentle nature and gentlemanly looks.


3. The Boglen Terrier Can Be Demanding

The Boglen Terrier has a lot going for it. It gets on well with people and other animals, is lively and playful, and can live in an apartment. But it can be a demanding dog, despite being small.

Left alone for too long, this is one breed that can suffer separation anxiety, and the breed’s desire for food means it can be demanding in the kitchen, while its high energy levels make it demanding of physical exercise and walks.

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The Boglen Terrier is a hybrid that crosses the Beagle and the Boston Terrier. The resulting cross is a lively and energetic little pup that not only enjoys time with their humans but can be quite demanding of it, even suffering separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

Owners need to be prepared to offer plenty of physical exercise as well as mental stimulation to ensure the breed does not develop any unwanted behaviors or bad habits but will repay the effort with plenty of affection and fun.


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